Putin to hold solemn ceremony for Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow

Putin to hold solemn ceremony for Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a solemn welcome ceremony on March 21, 2023, for Chinese President Xi Jinping at the St. George's Hall in Moscow, Russia. PHOTO XINHUA President Xi Jinping called on the Chinese and Russian governments to keep up with the exchanges and work to make new progress in bilateral cooperation, saying that the healthy and steady development of China-Russia ties meets the fundamental interests of people in both countries.

On Tuesday, Xi, who is on a three-day state visit to Russia, made remarks when meeting Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Moscow.

Xi said that China had successfully held the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China last year and the annual meetings in March of its top legislative and political advisory bodies, which elected new leaders of China's State institutions.

He said that the CPC, the nation and the Chinese people are now more united than ever in advancing the Chinese path to modernization.

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The Chinese government attaches importance to developing China-Russia relations and is ready to meet the new goals set for cooperation through regular meetings between the Chinese premier and Russian prime minister, and other channels for institutionalized communication, he said.

Xi invited Mishustin to visit China and invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit China for the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation this year.

Faced with a complex external environment, the two countries' practical cooperation has maintained good momentum with energy cooperation deepening and major strategic projects moving forward, Xi said.

Xi called for efforts from both sides to raise both the quality and quantity of economic cooperation, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and maintain the security and stability of industry and supply chains.

The two countries should make full use of their interconnectivity projects, jointly safeguard their energy security, strengthen collaboration in scientific and technological innovation and ensure the success of the China-Russia Years of Sports Exchange, Xi said.

The president said that China strongly values efforts to synergize the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union, and is willing to fully implement the economic and trade agreement signed by China with the union in order to carry out regional cooperation at a higher and in greater depth.

Almost all of the important Cabinet members of the Russian government went to the meeting with Xi because of mishustin.

After being elected president, Xi's decision to choose Russia as the destination of his first trip abroad showed the special feature of Russia-China ties in a new era, he said.

Mishustin said that the relationship between the two countries is currently at its highest level in history, which will help to uphold multilateralism and promote a multipolar world in the current international situation.

Russia expects to closely coordinate and cooperate with the new Chinese government, implement consensuses between the two leaders of state and enhance the overall strategic partnership of coordination between the two countries, he said.

Russia is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in areas such as investment and trade, energy, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and aerospace, he said.